BOB G. BECNEL, P.E.
(Nominated by IEEE Region 5)
I appreciate the breadth and depth of the position of Delegate-Elect/Director-Elect and Delegate/Director. After serving two terms in the role of Region Treasurer, I am day one ready to step into the position. If elected, the following are some examples of my priorities that I am passionate about.
I look forward to serving you as Region 5 Delegate-Elect/Director-Elect in 2020-2021.
Senior Electrical Engineer (Retired)
MKEC Engineering Consultants
Wichita, Kansas, USA
Ken recently retired from a position as Senior Electrical Engineer at MKEC Engineering Consultants in Wichita where his primary duties included industrial power design and arc flash analysis. He is a Professional Engineer registered in seven states. Early in his career, Ken was employed as an electrical design engineer in the aviation industry. He worked at Cessna Aircraft, Beech Aircraft, Douglas Aircraft, Raytheon Aircraft and Hawker-Beech Aircraft. He did design work on the electrical system on the Beech Starship, Raytheon Premier I, Beechjet and Hawker. He also did a two year stint in aircraft accident investigation, working closely with the NTSB to determine the cause of Beech Aircraft accidents.
Ken Stuerke joined IEEE while at Western Kentucky University as a Student Member in 1982. After graduation and a move to Wichita, KS, he began his association with the Wichita Section in 1984, where he has served as Treasurer, Vice-Chair, Awards and Recognition Chair, Educational Activities Chair, and Student Activities Chair. He is currently a life senior member and Chair of the Wichita Section. Ken is a member of the IEEE Industrial Applications Society.
At the Region 5 level, Ken has served on the Audit Committee from 2016 through 2019, most recently as Chair. In 2019, he accepted the appointment as Career and Employment Activities Coordinator. He has attended two Sections Congress events as the Wichita Section Representative.
My vision for IEEE is for all members to make it their professional home, both technical and practical. To that end I would promote programs to provide assistance for members to enter a technical society at a reduced cost for the first year. I would also promote programs to help members with career and employment issues, such as a resume archive and resume assistance.
Because of my lack of experience at the Region level, I would count on assistance from the current Director and Director-Elect in learning the job.